I have only had one other offering from Ska and that was their Modus Hoperandi which quickly became one of my favorite IPAs so I am excited to be able to have one of their other offerings and review it. I'm sure I will like this one!
Pour starts out a black/really dark brown color and looks completely black in the glass aside from the reddish hue on the sides. The pour brought a nice two finger frothy head.but it didn't stick around too long other than a small amount of lace left on the glass.
Up front I am hit with some sweet chocolate and after a swirl of the glass I get a fruity sweet aroma which I am guessing is from the grapes. Deeper into the aroma I get some roasted coffee notes which is really nice and also surprising because I don't think this beer is brewed with actual coffee. Maybe a little alcohol on the nose but not overpowering at all and definitely takes a backseat to everything to else!
First flavors I get are the roasted coffee that I got on the nose. This actually excites me because it has such a nice roast to it without actually using coffee. Very, very interesting. A mix of some dark chocolate and dark chocolate bitterness but also some sweet milk chocolate notes as well. I am getting a very small amount of grapes on the palate. Right before the roasted flavor comes to the front and also a slightly sweet grape note mixed in dark chocolate bitterness. Really tasty beer but also very interesting. The roasty flavors I'm getting are easily my favorite part of the beer surprisingly. I would have liked more of grape on the palate but I'd rather have too little than too much because I think the grape flavor could easily overpower the beer.
In the mouth it has medium mouthfeel and a slight lingering bitterness. This doesn't quite coat the mouth but it isn't watery either. I would like a bit more mouthfeel on it but I'm not unhappy about where it is right now.
Overall I would have to say this is a really solid beer. Is it the best stout I've had? No, it is not but the flavors are all really nice and I keep going back to how much actual coffee I was getting on the nose and in the taste and how much I really enjoy that. I would drink this again in a heartbeat. Easy drinking stout with nice flavors and won't leave you needing a designated driver.
Cheers ladies and gentlemen!